Vodka Bael Squash Mojito – A Classic Cocktail With An Indian Twist


There was a time I really relished cocktails and experimented with it too. Then times changed and I slowly lost touch of making them. Yesterday while making making Bael (Bel) sharbat or panna I decided to experiment with this classic Mojito by giving it an Indian twist. The original Cuban Mojito calls for white rum but I really don’t like white rum much so I opted for Vodka, in this case OPM ( a Triple Distilled Luxury Spirited Russian Vodka).

On tasting I realized one could also make it with Absolut Citron. Must try that some time. This one has a refreshing sweet, citrus, mint flavor with a unique taste of Bael fruit which is hard to describe. This drink is incredible. Though I feel one will have to develop a taste for it.

Ripe Bael or Stone Apple has a sweet taste and often emits a sugary and musty aroma which I love. Usually we make the bael murraba or bael chutney with it if not making the refreshing bael squash or sharbat which I used in this recipe. I wonder if wood apple is the correct name for bael fruit. Maybe someone can guide on this. I prefer to call it Stone Apple. The fruit has medicinal values and is highly nutritious.

Now for the Mojito 

Ingredients :

  • Bael/Bel/Stone Apple Panna concentrate
  • Freshly Cracked Black Pepper – Just a sprinkle for each glass
  • Salt – To rim the glasses
  • Vodka – 60 ml of your choice of Vodka
  • Ice cubes

 

Method –  

  1.  Use the Bael Panna recipe link to make Bael Panna.
  2. Omit Jaggery for making mojito and use sugar. Also omit roasted cumin seed powder.
  3. For the Mojito – Muddle the mint leaves with the lemon juice and lemon quarters in a cocktail shaker or a jug with a muddler or back of the rolling pin..
  4. Add the Bael panna, vodka and ice cubes.
  5. I tweaked the classic Mojito here and omitted sugar syrup and carbonated water/soda
  6. Close the cocktail shaker and shake well. If making in a jug just stir in all the ingredients.
  7. To Serve- Rim two tall glasses with salt (Optional). You can use normal table salt or powdered rock salt for an extra kick.
  8. Fill the glasses with lots of ice and pour the Wood Apple Vodka Mojito. Add a dash of freshly cracked black pepper for that zing. You can omit if you do not prefer it.
  9. Garnish with mint sprig and lemon wheel/wedge.
  10. Serve chilled.

 

You can make the bael panna in advance and refrigerate it. I sometimes like the taste of ginger juice in it but have not tried it in this cocktail. If you are adventurous go ahead and experiment. Let me know if it works. Someone suggested a dash of cayenne pepper instead of black pepper. I am not sure. 😛  I used 2 parts Bael panna to one part vodka but you can change it to your liking. Keep the mint and lemon low key to get the full flavor of the fruit juice.

Sorry about bad photography skills and for not using proper glasses etc. I am passionate about making stuff but do not have the finery to display.

Hope you enjoy trying out this.

Salud!

 

 

 

 

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Summer Cocktails


Cocktail was given its name as a metaphor for a rooster heralding the morning. It was originally meant to be a morning beverage.

The lazy days and twilight hours of summertime are made for relaxation. What better way to unwind than with some fruity cocktails and turn your porch into a sunset paradise?

Summer time brings out the tipplers in many of us. The cocktail consumption rises with the temperature. It is the perfect time for the creative juices to mix with the alcohol and for spinning some cooling exotic wonders. Fresh ingredients with simple, straight-forward flavors and easy preparation are the keys to a perfect cocktail.

Here are some of my favorites.

1. Blue: A Red Drink Called Blue

Ingredients:

1 tbsp Whole blue berries

15ml Fresh lemon juice

Ty Ku Liqueur, an Asian inspired liqueur made with sake

30 ml Lemon liqueur

60 ml Pomegranate juice

Mixing Instructions:

In a tall glass, combine the blue berries and lemon juice.

Muddle the berries to extract the juice.

Add ice until the glass is half full, top with the remaining ingredients and stir.

Dark antioxidant pomegranate juice is good for health.

Enjoy!

2. Classic greens: A Summer Cooler

Ingredients:

30 ml Mint Liqueur

60 ml Vodka

7up / sprite-to top up

Mint leaves as garnish

Mixing Instructions:

In a tall glass full of ice cubes, pour 30ml of Mint Liqueur, vodka and top it up with 7 up / sprite.

Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

3. Humming Bird: Desert Cocktail

Ingredients:

1 ounce rum cream liqueur

1 ounce coffee flavored liqueur

1 ounce milk

1/2 ounce strawberry flavored syrup

1/2 banana

1 cup crushed ice

Mixing instructions:

In a blender, combine rum cream liqueur, Coffee liqueur, milk and strawberry syrup.

Add the banana and crushed ice. Blend until smooth.

Pour into glasses and serve.

4. The Fawn (This is for the kids. They would just freak out on this one)

Ingredients:

6 large strawberries

1 scoop of ice

1 oz. simple syrup

75 oz. fresh lemon juice

5 oz. fresh orange juice

5 oz. grape juice

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth in consistency.

Pour over the ice cubes in a highball glass. Garnish with circular “orange” candy.

Serve and relish.

5. Cucumber Cooler

Ingredients:

2 pieces of cucumber

5 mint leaves

30 ml Lychee fruit syrup

10 ml Ginger Ale and Sprite to top up

Dash of grenadine

Mixing Instructions:

Muddle together cucumber and mint leaves in a glass.

Add the Lychee fruit syrup, ginger ale and sprite and dash grenadine.

Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into glass.

Garnish with mint leaves and serve.

Cheers! Have fun and have a lovely summer time.